Make A Joyful Noise ……..

Here I am up at 5 a.m. to do some writing. The 300 word biographies are due today. I finished Ian’s a couple of days ago. Mine is somewhat incomplete. The first half is o.k. but the 2nd half needs to be altered. Instead of writing about my work experience I want to write more my other interests.

Nice as life was in St. Lucia, there were lessons learned in how to keep one’s spirits up in a monotonous hot climate. When we were anticipating going to Fiji, I decided I wanted to learn to weave. In Nimble Fingers, a toy shop in Stillorgan in Dublin, I spotted a small children’s loom made by Spears. It was packaged in a small box – perfect to add to our packing for Fiji. Yes! Months later when we were finally settled in our house in Suva I unpacked that Spears box and I embarked on my weaving career. Weaving on that small loom soon lead to a wish for a bigger tableloom, which I could order from New Zealand. And months later I ordered a heavier floor loom from New Zealand. Finally I was set up to weave floor rugs. And I had sources in New Zealand for buying the necessary yarn and other supplies. I was becoming a real weaver.

The Fiji Arts Club, of which were members, had exhibitions several times a year. These were very popular events. I had joined this club partly because I attended a Tuesday morning outdoor painting group. An exhibition was coming up and for the first time they were going to include crafts. With fear and trepidation I submitted 5 rugs. Much to my surprise they sold like hot cakes! I was launched!! One person in particular was raving about my rugs. Jill was a popular artist and we became friends – a friendship which has lasted for many years. One of her paintings is hanging in our apartment here at Ida Culver.

to be continued

Fascination

2019_06_04_09_30_35.pdf010  I find a certain fascination in simple, quite mundane messages written on postcards close to 100 years ago.  Here is one postmarked ‘o4 from Newcastle, addressed to Gateshead.  Get out my map!  The reverse side is a rather cute image of kittens.

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More Good Finds at The Postcard Club Meeting

2019_05_05_16_22_39.pdf015Sankaty Head on Nantucket Island Massachusetts

There was no message on this card but the printing style is old – ear;ly 20th century?  I visited this spot many summers in the early 1950’s.  A favorite.   One summer when I was staying in Siasconset I met a young and lonely coastguardsman  who liked to hook rugs – a passion we shared on that beautiful bluff.  Sounds like the beginning of a story set in 1850, not 1950.

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Lighthouse in Machias Maine written in July1909.  A good friend of 80+ years lives in Machias.

2019_05_05_16_28_44.pdf011Lighthouse in Stranraer  Scotland

Postcard Day

It was a day for going through boxes and boxes of postcards at the meeting of the Postcard Collectors Club.  I found some nice cards to add to my collection.

For example – isn’t he a cutie?

 

2019_03_03_17_03_43.pdf0132019_03_03_16_59_18.pdf018Lithograph by Edouard Manet, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston